Documentary does not have a fixed definition
It can be an emotional experience
Eurika moment: when you finally have something to say-(this American life kid politics..)
Find out what you are really interested in
The people you interview, how engaging will they be to the audience, how are they fascinating to you…
It’s okay if everything is not predictable
People want to talk to camera’s usually, people say things on camera that they wouldn’t say to their loved ones
What is the relationship between people behind and in front of the camera–the audience wants to know
Choose people you can relate to and trust, introduce yourself so the interviewee understands you
Cinema= transforming a life experience
Interview is an exchange of life—> conversations?
Don’t let people prepare for presentation, capture him as he is….
eye contact can be powerful, if people are somehow looking directly at you
Is truth relative?
Don’t trap people, if they say something they don’t mean, then don’t put it in the film
Can you film people from another country with out a dangerous bias? Westerners in developing countries
Protect the subject you are filming
People in power don’t like to be filmed…..you have to really be patient with them.
Sound can help to recreate an atmosphere, its the heart beat of the film
People need a human character to relate to